Community Health Awards

Literary Lesbians

Felice Newman

Felice Newman wants you to have great sex. “If you want to have a great sex life you have to be honest with yourself and partners about what that means to you,” she says. “The more specific the better.” She co-founded Cleis Press with Frédérique Delacoste in 1980, which grew to become the largest independent queer publishing company in the U.S. In 1999, Newman wrote and published The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us, the first fully comprehensive book about lesbian sex that includes actual experiences from women who have sex with women. Newman rewrote the second edition in 2004 with a whole new chapter on relationships. She currently is a sex educator and somatic coach in California. Somatics means “the living body in its wholeness.” She trained and earned her certification in somatics at the Strozzi Institute, and studied human sexuality through the San Francisco Sex Information and the Body Electric School. She is a member of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Because of Newman’s expertise and commitment to her field, many lesbian couples come to her for help in keeping their long-term relationships not just satisfying, but hot. She says she wants to kill off the old, self-fulfilling assumption of lesbian bed death once and for all and offers advice on how you can help. “When you are having really hot sex with your honey, tell your friends. Brag. Let everyone know you have a satisfying sex life.” –RD

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